K-State returns home to face Colorado Saturday
K-State returns home to face Colorado Saturday
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340) in
Tipoff: 5:05 p.m. Central
(K-State leads 50-10 in
TV: ESPN Plus
Talent: Bill Doleman (Play-by-Play)
and Stacey King (Analyst)
Channels: Metro (
Radio: K-State Sports Network (31 affiliates),
Talent: Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) and Stan Weber (Analyst)
K-State looks to get back on track with home game against
Kansas State (17-7, 6-3 Big 12) looks to get back on the winning track on Saturday, as the Wildcats return home from a brutal stretch of back-to-back road games against ranked foes by welcoming Colorado (6-13, 2-7 Big 12) to Bramlage Coliseum for a 5:05 p.m. affair. The contest will be a special one for the Wildcat faithful, as the university will retire the jerseys of greats Rolando Blackman (1977-81) and Dick Knostman (1951-53) in a special ceremony at halftime. The two men will be become the seventh and eighth Wildcats to have their jersey retired at Kansas State, joining the likes of Bob Boozer (1957-59), Ernie Barrett (1949-51), Mike Evans (1975-78), Lon Kruger (1972-74), Jack Parr (1956-58) and Chuckie Williams (1973-76).
The game will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus (Metro - Kansas City; KSAS - Wichita; KSNT - Topeka) with Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Stacey King (color) calling the action. It will be the sixth of 12 regional broadcasts on the Big 12’s television package for the Wildcats. The audio broadcast can also be heard on the 31-station K-State Sports Network (http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/kab) with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (color) on the call.
The game will also mark the the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers” event sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), in which, coaches from schools across the country will wear sneakers to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
*With the loss,
*The 17-7 record represents the best start by the Wildcats since head coach Lon Kruger’s 1987-88 Elite Eight squad also produced a 17-7 mark after 24 games... The win total also ties for the most by a
*With the loss,
*After holding teams to an average of 61.0 points on 38.6 percent shooting during its seven-game winning streak,
*Senior Jermaine Maybank became the eighth different player to lead the team in scoring, as the transfer posted a career-high 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with four rebounds and career-best three steals in a career-high 33 minutes... The 26-point total was nearly triple his previous high of nine points against
*Junior David Hoskins scored in double figures for the 17th consecutive game with 13 points against
*With a missed free throw at the 12:16 mark of the second half, senior Cartier Martin broke a string of five straight games of shooting 100 percent from the line (a stretch of 29 consecutive free throws) and first miss since the Baylor on Jan. 17... He is now shooting 80.6 percent from the line this year.
In this week’s RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) ratings, the formula used by the NCAA to help determine which teams go to the post-season tournament,
Demise of the Streak
It is easy to determine the reasons for the demise of
One of the major obstacles for
A staple of the starting line-up in previous seasons, senior Cartier Martin has been particularily effective off the bench this season. He has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games he has not started for the Wildcats, including four 20-point performances against UMES (23) on Dec. 19,
The Book on
This will be the 133rd all-time meeting between
Last season, the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak and earned their first win in
K-State to retire the jerseys of Blackman, Knostman
Kansas State Director of Athletics Tim Weiser announced on Dec. 27 that the Wildcats will retire the jerseys of basketball greats Rolando Blackman and Dick Knostman in a halftime ceremony during the
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Blackman is one of just two players to earn first team All-America honors in consecutive seasons in Kansas State history and one of just three (joining fellow retirees Mike Evans and Lon Kruger) to be named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1980). He is also just one of three players to earn first team all-conference honors three times (joining Bob Boozer and Mike Evans) in the program’s history. The school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,844 points, Blackman was the last Wildcat to be selected as a first team All-American when he was named to the Helms Foundation, The Sporting News, Converse Yearbook and John R. Wooden Award All-American squads as a senior in 1981.
The 6-foot-6 native of
Hoskins Emerges As A Leader
One of the biggest reasons for
The streak of 17 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts began with a 17-point effort against
Dialing From Long Distance
After entering the game with a Big 12-worse 5.64 three-point field goals per game,
Despite giving up a season-high 97 points against
During the course of the season, the defensive effort has produced marks that the Wildcats haven’t seen in years and even decades.
Home Sweet Home
Kansas State has continued to make Bramlage Coliseum one of the toughest home venues in the Big 12, as the Wildcats have posted a 10-1 mark at home this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in non-conference games. The team has tallied an impressive 71-24 (.747) mark at home since the start of 2001-02 season, including 10 or more wins each of the past six years. With four home games remaining this season, the Wildcats have already clinched a winning record at home for the 61st consecutive season, which has spanned three arenas and nine head coaches dating back to the 1946-47 season. The team has registered an 839-322 (.723) record in home games all-time, including a 211-81 (.723) mark in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988.
Offense Taking Flight
After managing just 61 points on 32.6 percent shooting against
Despite scoring less than 70 points in eight of its last 11 games, the team has still averaged averaged 74.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting in the last 18 contests after averaging just 66.0 points on 36.3 percent shooting in the first six games. In doing so, the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 16 of their last 36 halves of basketball, including 60 percent or better on four occasions. During the first part of the streak, the Wildcats scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since the 1990-91 season. Against
The team’s 102 blocks this season are the eighth-highest total in school history since the stat began being kept in 1982-83, while this year’s total is the highest in a single-season since the 2002-03 team produced 109 swats. The Wildcats are on pace for 131 blocks during the regular season, which would be the second-most in a single-season in K-State history behind the 146 recorded in 1998-99. On the other hand, Bennett’s 48 blocked shots have already established a freshman school record, shattering the previous mark of 24 by Shawn Rhodes in 1995-96. He is tied for third on school’s single-season top-10, while he is one swat away from the career top-10. Bennett is on pace for 63 blocks, which would break Gerald Eaker’s single-season record of 59 set during the 1995-96 season. He has recorded at least one block in 15 of 21 games, while his 2.29 per game average ranks first in the Big 12.
After struggling for most of the past decade on the road,
Taking Advantage of Turnovers
One of the biggest factors in
Trio of Prolific Scorers
Although he has been
*For the first time in the 19-year history of Bramlage Coliseum all available season ticket packages have been sold... Season tickets went from 6,500 in 2005-06 to 13,000 in 2006-07... The last time K-State could boast a sellout of season tickets was during the 1982-83 season when the Wildcats played in Ahearn Field House, while the previous high for season tickets in Bramlage Coliseum was 11,700 during the inaugural 1988-89 season.
*In addition to the season ticket sales, the school offered courtside seats for the first time in its history and sold out of the available 25 seats at $4,400 apiece with a waiting list... There are also plans in the works for loge boxes in the arena as well as other improvements, including a practice facility.
*Kansas State has or will play seven nationally-televised games this season, including two as apart of ESPN’s “Big Monday” package and two on ABC Sports (both are firsts for the program)... It is the most nationally-televised games in a single-season for the Wildcats in school history.
*Kansas State attracted the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country in November according to Scout.com, Rivals.com and Sports Illustrated... The class referred to as the greatest-ever for the school includes consensus top 10 prospects Michael Beasley and Bill Walker.
Martin Joins 1,000-Point Club;
Senior forward Cartier Martin joined an elite fraternity at
Harris Stepping Up Game
Bob Huggins has always been a coach that has gotten the most out of his talent and senior guard Lance Harris has been a prime example of that influence. Harris has averaged 10.5 points on 46 percent shooting, including a team-best 38.5 percent from 3-point range, this season to go with a 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He paces the squad in both 3-point field goals (40) and 3-point field goal percentage (38.5), while he is in the top-4 in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Harris has scored in double figures in 11 contests, including three 20-point efforts. He opened the year with 22 points against William & Mary on Nov. 11 before posting a career-high 26 points against
The Wright Stuff
One of the biggest reasons for the Wildcats’ success this season has been the play of senior guard Akeem Wright. The Philadephia, Pa., native has averaged 7.0 points on 40.5 percent shooting to go with a team-high 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. He ranks among the top-15 in two Big 12 categories, including 13th in defensive rebounds and 14th in rebounding. Known more for his defensive prowess, Wright spent the summer working on his jumpshot to complete his all-around game. Wright has scored in double figures in six games this season, including a career-high 18 points against Texas A&M on Jan. 6. He has also kept up his defensive effort, pacing the team in rebounds in eight games this season. Wright has grabbed six or more rebounds in nine of the last 13 games. For the season, he has totaled six or more boards in 13 contests. During the last 17 games, Wright has topped his season average eight times with four double-digit efforts. He played perhaps in his best game of his career against Texas A&M on Jan. 6, as he posted a career-high 18 points on 8-of-15 field goals to go with a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and a career-best three steals.
Stewart Manning the Point
Junior guard Clent Stewart has been a steadying force for the Wildcats this season since emerging as the team’s primary point guard against
Young Recovers Nicely from Surgery
Junior guard Blake Young underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 11 at
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